Frederick Douglass High School
Page Turners Book Club
What is Page Turners Book Club?
The goal of the Frederick Douglass High School Page Turners Book Club is to encourage reading by providing a safe environment where literary discussion can take place in a respectful manner.
Club members are responsible for reading one book each month. All books are previewed and selected by the Club Sponsor. Although student input is encouraged, the Sponsor has final say on book selections. During the meetings, the Sponsor provides initial questions and directs and guides the discussion as needed. It is expected, however, that discussions are primarily student led.
Membership in Page Turners Book Club is open to all Douglass High School students and faculty. New members can join throughout the year by contacting the Sponsor. To remain an active member, a participant can miss no more than one meeting per semester. Absences must be pre-approved by the Sponsor at least one day in advance of the meeting.
Page Turners Book Club members are notified in advance of the upcoming month’s book selection. Every member must have a paperback or hardcover copy of the selected book, purchased or borrowed, for the monthly meeting. Based on attendance at each session, participants are divided into groups of approximately five members. Time is allotted at the end of each meeting for members to reconvene as a whole and share final thoughts. Participation is encouraged, but not required, during the monthly discussions. Members must agree to abide by the Page Turners Book Club Manners to ensure courteous discourse. Each member is required to sign up to bring a snack to share at one of the monthly meetings.
Book Club meets after school on the last Monday of each month. The sessions last from 3:45 p.m. to approximately 4:45 p.m. The Library is closed during this time.
General Meeting Format
· Time is given for members to share their impressions of the book.
· Members are organized into small groups.
· The Sponsor introduces a general discussion question.
· When needed, the Sponsor guides discussion in the groups and provides additional questions for consideration.
· Members reconvene as a whole group to share final thoughts of the book.
Who can join?
Any student or faculty member of Douglass High School!
Book Club Manners
· Meetings start promptly at 3:45 p.m. Please be on time.
· Bring your book and discussion ideas to every meeting.
· The person with the “microphone” has permission to speak. Wait your turn to speak and do not interrupt.
· Be courteous of others' viewpoints. Disagreements are okay, but rudeness is not.
· Allow everyone in your group an equal opportunity to contribute. No one person should monopolize the conversation.
· Stay on topic during conversations.
· Be responsible in bringing in your snack on the assigned day.